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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (176 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Harold Holzer Narrator: Mark Bramhall Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538465172
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Lincoln at Cooper Union explores Lincoln’s most influential and widely reported pre-presidential address—an extraordinary appeal by the western politician to the eastern elite that propelled him toward the Republican nomination for president. Delivered in New York in February 1860, the Cooper Union speech dispelled doubts about Lincoln’s suitability for the presidency and reassured conservatives of his moderation while reaffirming his opposition to slavery to Republican progressives.

Award-winning Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer places Lincoln and his speech in the context of the times—an era of racism, politicized journalism, and public oratory as entertainment—and shows how the candidate framed the speech as an opportunity to continue his famous “debates” with his archrival Democrat Stephen A. Douglas on the question of slavery.

Holzer describes the enormous risk Lincoln took by appearing in New York, where he exposed himself to the country’s most critical audience and took on Republican Senator William Henry Seward of New York, the front-runner, in his own backyard. Then he recounts a brilliant and innovative public relations campaign, as Lincoln took the speech “on the road” in his successful quest for the presidency.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lincoln said that his speech at Cooper Union in New York on February 27, 1860, made him president. In this definitive account, Harold Holzer shows how and why that was true. Long overshadowed by other famous Lincoln speeches, the Cooper Union address is now finally getting the attention it deserves as a pivotal event in American history.”

    James M. McPherson, Pulitzer Prize–winning author

  • “Lincoln of myth is a simple and plainspoken fellow. The real Lincoln was the master of a calculated rhetoric. There is no better proof of that important fact than Harold Holzer’s important book.”

    Garry Wills, Pulitzer Prize–winning author

  • “Few people know more about Abraham Lincoln than Holzer. This fine new work focuses on a widely known but little studied address that Lincoln delivered early in 1860 in New York City…Surely no one will again overlook this masterful speech.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This book is a must for anyone fascinated by Abraham Lincoln.”

    Civil War Times

  • “An engrossing account…stimulating and pleasurable.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • Lincoln at Cooper Union is the most interesting and important book on the sixteenth president published in years. Its richly detailed account of Lincoln’s visit to New York in 1860 is as absorbing as any novel, and its close analysis of Lincoln’s Cooper Union address adds significantly to our understanding of his political philosophy. I recommend it enthusiastically.”

    David Herbert Donald, author of Lincoln

  • “An excellent contribution to Lincolnalia.”

    Booklist

  • “It required someone with Harold Holzer’s combination of knowledge, experience, and talent to capture the speech’s unique complexity and profundity…All of this is brought to readers with meticulous historic precision, fascinating insight, and charmingly facile prose.”

    Mario Cuomo, former governor of New York

  • “Holzer’s research is prodigious…Although Holzer is an unabashed (even effervescent) advocate for Lincoln—and for the significance of this speech—he also is careful to analyze the architecture and rhetoric of the remarks and to puncture some puffballs that have grown in the yard of Lincoln Legends…The enthusiasm is infectious.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dorothy | 8/29/2013

    " Aside from the details of poor old Abe's frumpy wardrobe in NYC, there isn't much in this book that would be new to even a casual Lincoln reader. This one is strictly for die-hard fans only. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Armstrong | 6/17/2013

    " Anyone who is interested in Lincoln will find this a good read. Lincoln in all his homespun aura understood more than anyone the importance of celebrity and his image to the masses. This speech put him over the top. I'm going to read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tomk | 4/14/2012

    " A good read and very informative. Little has been made about this speech up until now which is curious given the attention it received in the aftermath. A good image of 19th century New York... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rod Zemke | 12/21/2011

    " This is a clssic for anyone who wants to have more than a beginners knowledge of American History. The book is well written by an eminent Lincoln scholar who is not an academic--sometimes the best combination. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 2/6/2010

    " Holzer is an engaging author. His narrative focuses mainly on Lincoln's speech and a Matthew Brady photograph, yet he crafts a compelling story. But, then again, I'm a bit of a Lincoln nerd . . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyson Bowers | 11/20/2009

    " I would need to read this book again, because I got very interrupted while I was reading it. It did fascinate me the speech debate with Stephen Douglas, and his speech that he gave at Cooper Union. It was a very powerful speech to read, evening reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rod | 8/14/2009

    " This is a clssic for anyone who wants to have more than a beginners knowledge of American History. The book is well written by an eminent Lincoln scholar who is not an academic--sometimes the best combination. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dorothy | 4/27/2009

    " Aside from the details of poor old Abe's frumpy wardrobe in NYC, there isn't much in this book that would be new to even a casual Lincoln reader. This one is strictly for die-hard fans only. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyson | 10/11/2008

    " I would need to read this book again, because I got very interrupted while I was reading it. It did fascinate me the speech debate with Stephen Douglas, and his speech that he gave at Cooper Union. It was a very powerful speech to read, evening reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 9/27/2008

    " Holzer is an engaging author. His narrative focuses mainly on Lincoln's speech and a Matthew Brady photograph, yet he crafts a compelling story. But, then again, I'm a bit of a Lincoln nerd . . . "

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About the Author
Author Harold Holzer

Harold Holzer has authored, coauthored, and edited more than thirty books on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. He serves as chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, and is a Roger Hertog Fellow at the New York Historical Society. Currently he is senior vice president for external affairs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and lives in Rye, New York.

About the Narrator

Mark Bramhall has won eighteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been a finalist for the Audiobook Publishers Association’s prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has been named by Publishers Weekly and AudioFile magazine among their “Best Voices of the Year” in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. He is also an award-winning actor whose acting credits include off-Broadway, regional, and many Los Angeles venues as well as television, animation, and feature films. He has taught and directed at the American Academy of Dramatic Art.